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Michigan launches website where doctors, residents can volunteer to help fight new virus

“Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives."
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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched a website Saturday where doctors and residents can volunteer their time to help fight the spread of COVID-19. 

The governor and health department are calling on medical professionals to help hospitals that are short-staffed that are treating patients for the new virus and residents with a background in public health to assist in contact tracing. 

“The time is now to save lives,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives."

The state will work with hospitals and health systems that are short-staffed to fill gaps if and when necessary.

Whitmer said Michiganders must all work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus. 

"Whether you’re a medical professional looking to volunteer, or someone who can give blood or donate to your local food bank, everyone can help out. We will get through this together," she said. 

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Whitmer said the state has already seen an "incredible" amount of strength and courage from its residents during a time of uncertainty, whether it's from food and monetary donations or businesses using manufacturing personal protective equipment. 

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